Book art about gun violence -
"Assume the Position" by Ginger Burrell. "I walked into a full body scanner at airport security and was asked to stand with my feet apart and my arms held up. At that point I realized that we’ve become both victims and assumed criminals in choosing to travel by air. We are holding not only the position that a robber would demand, “put ‘em up,” but also the position of body searches commanded by the police, “put your hands above your head and spread ‘em.” To capture these feelings I photographed people with their hands up from behind and then used digital manipulation to alter the images to evoke the x-rays to which we are now subjected. Finally, I added text with sayings that a TSA agent, a police officer and a criminal might say to any of us."
"Sandy Hook" by Ginger Burrell. "Sandy Hook memorializes the 20 children and six staff members killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. When the shooting happened, I felt compelled to do something. Perhaps it was my 15 years as a pre-school director. Perhaps it was the thought of my nieces and nephews who trustingly go off to school every day. Certainly it was because of our short social memory and the way important events fade quickly after they are no longer in the headlines. In thinking about how to represent the children and school staff who were killed, I settled on the idea of using teddy bears for the children and apples for the adults. After spending several days purchasing individual bears and apples, I began taking the school portraits. It got harder and harder as I worked on the book, and taking the group photo left me in tears. I couldn’t help but think of all the group photos those children would never be in: graduation, weddings and countless family portraits. All of the artist’s profits will be donated to the United Way for the Newton Community."
"rise" by Sarah S. Mallory. "In 2013 an estimated 744 minors died from gun violence in the United States. rise is a 371 page accordion book displaying each death of a minor that was a result of gun violence in the United States in 2013. Each day of the last calendar year has a page in the book with the numerical date as well as the number of deaths, represented by a cut out upward flying dove. Some pages show no deaths, some pages show up to 9 in one day. Viewing or reading rise is an active memorial. The volume and depth of the book, the repetition in the format, the knowledge that each rising dove represents an individual lost, the knowledge that in this country minors are by law supposed to be separated from gun ownership and possession, turning through the cut out pages of rise is a meditation for the hands and mind to move through. All of the data and research for rise was collected from slate.com’s report on gun violence after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in December 2012."
"I'd Take Away the Guns" by Lorinda Moholt. "This book was made in sadness and anger as a protest against gun violence. It was done with everyday materials to symbolize the ordinariness of that horror, newspaper clippings to show the grim result of killing children, and a Cheryl Wheeler poem that speculates on who might do these terrible things. It is kept in a sack made of the cloth container for No.8 hard lead shot. I realize that gun legislation is a complicated and frustrating issue but continue to believe that strong words and sensible people will eventually win over assault rifles with 30-cartridge magazines. After this book was finished, I shot it from the back at close range with a 22-caliber rifle. (I hated doing it.)"
"Gun Metaphors" by Lynn Skordal. "Guns and gun violence are deeply ingrained in American life. The book was created several months after the murder of 20 children and six teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in New Haven, CT. The shooter was another angry young man with guns, bought for him this time by his mother, a gun enthusiast. She was his first victim. By one estimate there are 83 gun-related deaths in America each and every day. Gun Metaphors takes aim at language, and its target is the gun imagery we all use in everyday life. Why are we are such a violent society? Can it be changed? Should we start by thinking more about what we say and how we say it?"
"Don't take your guns to town" by Mary Uthuppuru. "I created this book in response to the gun tragedies that have overwhelmed the news within the last few years. They were so numerous that I found myself in a perpetual state of sadness and disappointment. The tragedies left me with a lump in my throat and a slew of questions about human nature that I sought answers to. What drives us to pick up a gun? What urges us to use one? Why guns in the first place? Is owning a gun worth the potential hazards? Looking to contemporary media and literature, I explored the debate for and against gun control. Before long, I turned to music and found myself connecting with Johnny Cash’s “Don’t take your guns to town.” The song addresses a scenario that is still relevant today, and while it doesn’t answer all of my questions that still persist, it is a lens through which I can see another viewpoint."